liquid skin

I cut off the tip of my finger again. This time I was slicing bread for croutons and not paying attention. Cutting off the tip of your finger with a chef’s knife like I did last time is one thing; the cut tends to be quick and fairly clean. Doing it with a serrated bread knife: ouch.

Thanks to cleaning out the entire first aid section of my local drug megamart after my bike accident a bunch of months back I have a huge array of bandaging supplies to choose from. But I also have this stuff called New Skin, one of many brands of liquid bandage. I’ve been using this stuff for minor nicks and wounds which I get all the time because I am a klutz, and New Skin is the tits. (that’s good.)

I first saw this liquid skin stuff in action during the TV coverage of the Tour de France a few years back. Cyclist falls on a nasty stretch of pavement and scrapes all the skin off his left butt cheek. He gets back on his bike and limps up to the medical car. Team doctor leans out the window and sprays the wound with liquid skin et voila! cyclist is now just fine and can ride another 200 miles. Brilliant! I had to get some.

New Skin is, conceptually, superglue with a little bit of alcohol. The bottle I have doesn’t spray on; it has a little brush, like nail polish. After you brush the stuff on it dries in a minute or so and then its stuck permanently to your skin (do not press your other finger to it to see if its dry). The wound stays clean and dry and heals up underneath it. This is a huge improvement for me over band-aids, which seem to always get damp and messy. Plus they are incredibly annoying stuck on the end of my finger, thus preventing accurate typing and other important daily skills. I can put on the new skin and get on with my life.

There are a few drawbacks. Depending on how large the wound is, it stings like you would not believe. I’ve only put it on small cuts. Road rash: ow. ow. Those Tour de France riders are really hard core. It is also really smelly. Really. And the smell does not go away, ever. Given that you have to re-apply the stuff twice a day or so you just have to get used to the smell.

Also: the liquid skin will hold up under ordinary household use but its not like its made of steel. I found this out the hard way yesterday when I went for a ride, broke open the cut on my finger in the first mile and bled all over my bike. I guess the Tour de France stuff must be some kind of industrial grade liquid skin.

Now if only I could find the product that would keep me from repeatedly slicing up my fingers in the first place. No-Klutz. I’d buy a case of that.

4 thoughts on “liquid skin

  1. So that’s what that liquid skin stuff is! Cool.

    I believe the technical term for No-Klutz is a chainmail glove. You only need one–not a whole case–but I think they’re only sold in pairs.

    Ansell also have cut resistant gloves on, but I’m not sure just how resistant they are (my guess is not very).

  2. It *is* superglue! I had no idea. It seemed to bear a strong resemblance thereto. Cool. Thanks for the link.

    I’ve actually used cut-resistant gloves in the past, when I was initially learning kitchen knife skills. I think they’re made of kevlar. And alas, the big difficulty with them is that while they keep you from slashing your fingers off, they also significantly cut down on dexterity and the ability to manipulate the food as you’re cutting it. I’d rather go naked, so to speak (I’m trying so very hard not to make condom jokes here).

  3. Hi there. Found ya at Stan’s. I cut the side of my finger off with an utility knife once. I just stuck it back on and bandaged it on really tight and it reattached itself! Cool!

    Trying to figure out if the Technocrati stuff is worth the trouble. What do you think?

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